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Top 5 Tips From the Hair Stylists of New York Fashion Week 2010

New York Fashion Week Hair Stylist Secret: Recycle—It's a Beautiful Thing

Best Hair Product for the Job: Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray

You don't have to spring for a new hair accessory to dress up your do. Backstage at Jason Wu, Aveda hair stylist Odile Gilbert braided leftover fabric scraps from the collection into four plaits that hung down at the nape. Then the hair stylist twisted them—fabric and all—into a chignon and secured everything with hair pins and a coat of Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray. Meanwhile, Cesar Ramirez, a hair stylist for Catwalk by Tigi, used dishrags to adorn models' messy buns at the Jonathan Simkhai show.

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New York Fashion Week Hair Stylist Secret: Mess It Up

Best Hair Product for the Job: Ted Gibson Fix it Gel

Designer Lela Rose wanted a "light and airy" look for her show, so hair stylist Ted Gibson created this totally unfussy side braid. First the hair stylist raked a quarter-sized dollop of Ted Gibson Fix It Gel through dry hair from roots to tips for hold and texture. Then, with his hands, Ted Gibson quickly swept strands to one side and loosely plaited the length of the models' hair, securing the ends with an elastic band. Then, he went back and pulled the braid apart to make it look even more undone. "These aren't your perfect schoolgirl braids," said Ted Gibson.

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New York Fashion Week Hair Stylist Secret: Be a Curly Girl

Best Hair Product for the Job: got2b 2sexy hairspray

It's time to embrace your ringlets—or create them if you have straight, sleek strands. Hair stylists for the California-based brand Got2B used ¼ inch-barrel curling irons to make ultra-tight spirals backstage at ZSpoke by Zac Posen. Then, the Got2B hair stylists simply raked their fingers through the curls and twisted hair into a sweet ballerina bun, making no attempt to rein in wayward strands after setting the look with got2b 2sexy hairspray. The result? A look that's romantic and rebellious at the same time.

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New York Fashion Week Hair Stylist Secret: Fight Frizz With a Secret Weapon

Best hair product for the job:
Kérastase Paris Elixer Ultime

Backstage at Three as Four, Kérastase hair stylist Ashley Javier created intricate, sculptural updos. While you're probably not going to wear this gorgeous-but-complicated look at your next dinner party, you can steal this hair stylist pro secret for tamping down flyaways. Seconds before the models walked down the runway, Javier used a soft toothbrush spritzed with Kérastase hair oil to smooth frizz at the hairline.

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Best hair product for the job: TRESemmé Naturals Lightweight Mousse

Lots of hair stylists looked to the '70s for inspiration this season (think strong middle parts combined with long shiny locks), and we're most obsessed with the hippie-chic waves hair stylist Jeanie Syfu created for Tresemmé backstage at Tracy Reese. To get the look, prep hair with a golf ball-sized blob of TRESemmé Naturals Lightweight Mousse. Use a comb to make a deep center part; then, using a blow-dryer and a round brush, create a bit of volume at the back of the head at the crown. Next, wrap ends haphazardly around a large-barrel curling iron to create loose waves. Spritz with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray on each section to keep the waves in place.

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